Office of the Registrar

Grade Point Average (GPA) & Academic Standing FAQs

How is Academic Standing defined?
Academic Standing is based on the last semester a student is graded. Academic Standing is defined as follows:

  • GOOD STANDING
    Student has met or exceeded a minimum grade point average of 2.000.

  • INSUFFICIENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS
    An undergraduate is automatically placed on Insufficient Academic Progress, if the student does not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    • Satisfactory academic progress is generally defined as completing 67% of all attempted hours (excluding transfer hours) towards the completion of his or her degree program. This is determined by dividing the number of credit hours successfully completed, defined as having earned a D- or better, by the total number of credit hours actually attempted.

    • When a student is placed on Insufficient Academic Progress, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange regular meetings with his or her academic advisor or department chair/director to consider specific academic intervention strategies.

  • ACADEMIC PROBATION
    An undergraduate is automatically placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA drops below 2.0.

    • Once placed on academic probation, students will have three academic terms to regain good academic standing. Students still below 2.0 at the end of that time will be academically dismissed.

    • During the probationary period, students are expected to earn a term GPA of at least 2.33 each semester. Failure to do so will result in immediate academic dismissal.

    • Students who fall within the academic probation category at the end of any semester will be limited to enrolling in no more than 14 hours in the following semester.

    • When a student is placed on academic probation, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange regular meetings with his or her academic advisor to consider specific academic intervention strategies.
  • ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

      • Term Dismissal

        • Any undergraduate student that does not earn at least a 1.00 term GPA in any Fall or Spring term (excluding those who withdraw passing from all classes) are subject to academic term dismissal.
        • Students who have been academically term dismissed must appeal to the appropriate dean or director to determine academic status. The appeal process, terms of the appeal, and outcomes are directed by the appropriate dean or director.
        • Students must understand that the submission of an appeal does not guarantee the student will be allowed to enroll.
        • Students who do not appeal are academically ineligible to continue and may not enroll for three consecutive terms.
      • Dismissal from Probation

        • Students who do not meet the minimum grade point requirement for retention after three consecutive academic probation terms will be academically ineligible.
        • Students who do not meet the 2.33 term GPA requirement after each term under academic probation will be immediately academically ineligible.
        • Under no circumstances will a student dismissed for failure to reach the prescribed term GPA or cumulative GPA be approved to enroll at UNCW for the following three terms, including summer terms.

    • READMISSION AFTER DISMISSAL
      Students who have been dismissed from the university will not be able to enroll for three consecutive terms after dismissal. Readmission after dismissal is contingent upon the results of the Re-enrollment Review Committee.


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    What should I do if I am declared academically ineligible or academically dismissed?
    Contact your academic advisor or your college Dean’s Office as soon as possible.

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    Can I attend a college near my home to restore my academic eligibility?
    No. Since only the hours transfer in from other institutions, and not the grades, you cannot improve your GPA by taking courses elsewhere.

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    What are Quality (GPA) Hours?
    Total hours used to calculate a UNC Wilmington GPA (includes UNC Wilmington passed hours, F's and WF's).

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    What are Transfer Hours?
    Total number of hours of transferable credit UNC Wilmington accepted from courses taken at other schools.

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    What are Retention Hours?
    Total Quality (GPA) Hours + Transfer Hours

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    What GPA do I need to remain academically eligible to take courses at UNCW?
    All students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA (Good Academic Standing) in order to remain eligible to continue at UNCW.

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    How is a GPA calculated?
    The GPA is determined by dividing the accumulated number of quality points earned by the accumulated number of quality hours earned. The transcript shows the official grade point average. The grade point average is calculated out to the ten-thousandths decimal place and then truncated.

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    Where is the GPA calculator?
    The GPA calculator is located in mySeaPort. Please note that the Office of the Registrar does not maintain the calculator. For questions regarding it, please contact the Technology Assistance Center.

    What are Quality Points?
    Point value assigned to each grade value.

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    What are the grade point values for individual grades?

    Grade = Grade Point Value
    A
    =
    4.00
    A-
    =
    3.67
    B+
    =
    3.33
    B
    =
    3.00
    B-
    =
    2.67
    C+
    =
    2.33
    C
    =
    2.00
    C-
    =
    1.67
    D+
    =
    1.33
    D
    =
    1.00
    D-
    =
    0.67 (Passing)
    F
    =
    0.00 (Failure)
    WF
    =
    0.00 (Failure/Late Withdrawal)

    * I, IP, W, NR, Z, and P grades do not have grade point values and do not affect the GPA calculation.

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    How does my transfer GPA affect my UNC Wilmington GPA?
    Transfer courses are not calculated in your UNC Wilmington GPA. All transfer work attempted is used to calculate graduating students' degrees with distinction (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude). Complete details appear in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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    How does repeating a course affect my GPA?
    Students who receive a grade lower than a 'C' in a course taken at UNC Wilmington may repeat the course at UNC Wilmington.
    Students in the 2007-2008 through 2011-2012 catalogs are allowed up to five repeats for grade forgiveness. For the first five different courses repeated, the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript.
    Students in the 2012-2013 or later catalogs are allowed up to three repeats for grade forgiveness. For the first three different courses repeated, the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript.

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    What happens after my repeats have been used?
    Once the maximum number of course repeats (as determined in the prior question) have been used for grade forgiveness, all subsequent courses will be factored into the GPA calculation.

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    How does the system determine which courses receive the repeat code for grade forgiveness?
    Repeats are processed in the order of the term in which they are registered. For courses registered within the same term, the oldest repeated course (the original attempt) takes precedence over repeats of more recent courses. For example, if a student has one repeat left, and repeats two courses in the term:

    Fall 2015 CSC 105
    Fall 2015 ENG 201
    Spring 2015 CSC 105
    Fall 2014 ENG 201 This course receives repeat forgiveness since it is older than the Spring 2015 CSC 105.

    In the example above, if the two prior courses were taken within the same term, the system would process them alphabetically, so CSC 105 would receive the grade forgiveness.

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    Can I replace the "F" with a course taken at another college?
    No. Since grades do not transfer, the "F" would remain in your GPA. However, if a student retakes a course at another college and earns a "C" or better, s/he will receive credit for that course. This is not generally advisable, however, since once a student earns a "C" or better in a course at any institution, s/he may NOT retake the course at UNC Wilmington for credit. Therefore, passing the course elsewhere with a "C" creates a situation in which it is impossible for the student to replace his/her original grade of "F" at UNC Wilmington, since a student cannot receive credit for the same course twice.

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    Where can I go on campus to receive assistance with questions I might have about my GPA?
    Your first resource is always your academic advisor.

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